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  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 389
    • Central IA
    • Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi w/Sear Box
      Weber Summit Charcoal
      Oklahoma Joe Highland
      Weber Spirit E-330
      Weber Q100
      Fireboard w/Drive

    Hello from the 80/35 Crossroads

    Finally taking a few minutes to introduce myself since I've found myself responding to a few posts and people are probably wondering who this glitchy dude is.

    My name is Shane and I'm from Central Iowa. I'm just days away from crossing the line where I'm closer to 50 than 40 and am rather :-( about it. I work in IT for a large insurance company (Des Moines is the third largest insurance hub in the entire world). I started my IT career in embedded systems, so I love little tech gadgets. I've been lucky enough to find a bride that has put up with me - and my MCS/NCS - for almost 24 years and we have a 18 year old son and 12 year old daughter.

    As far as cooking, after trying bargain charcoal and gas grills soon out of college, I finally bought a Weber Silver A and really thought I was doing BBQ. It grilled a lot of good tasting food for us, but I later wondering what smoking was all about. So I bought another bargain appliance in a propane cabinet smoker from the big blue box store and opened a whole new world. I don't remember exactly when this was, but probably 12-14 years ago. After cooking pork butts, ribs, etc. I realized I had a lot to learn when I tried my first brisket (a 4-5 lb flat) and tried to cook it by time more than temp.

    After 3-4 years on that, it was starting to age pretty hard and I was tired of checking it every 30 mins to see what the temps were and if it need more chips. I thought a Smokin Tex was the way to go. Kept learning and cooked a lot of pretty decent meals on it. However, when I ruined a pair of Thanksgiving Turkeys because they were over smoked and had rubbery skin (my Grandma kept trying to say how good they were, bless her heart), I realized I had even more research and learning to do.

    Somewhere around this time frame I found the BBQ Central show and have been listening fairly regularly to the podcast since. This is where I learned about Meathead and this site, but not sure why I never looked at the Pitmaster club before now. I moved up to pellet grills and tons of gadgets to play with since. I've gone through 3 Traegers and 1 GMG and have now settled on a Memphis Pro. I've learned that every grill has it's pluses and minuses and am still learning what I like to cook on what.

    Before the Fireboard came out, I built a heatermeater just for the Wifi temperature monitoring (and the fun of playing with gadgets). Back then I had no interest in pit control. It was great, but the firmware was a bit flaky with the probes at times, so I backed Fireboard (about the same time as I backed two Kickstarter flops: Seasoning Sticks - still frustrated with this one as 90 percent of the sticks arrived as crumbs and the rest couldn't be pushed into mashed taters without breaking - and Coin - ApplePay/Google Pay destroyed them but it was a good idea).

    Today...
    My son has played soccer 8-9 months a year for the past 14 years, so a lot of my cooks were one free weekend day to cook as much grub as possible to enjoy fresh and for a few days after. Now that soccer days are over, I've recently removed my last Traeger from the arsenal and purchased a new gasser again to cover easy quick meals. But since there's good potential for more free time, I've been working on setting up my Weber Performer as a secondary/backup smoker. I have dabbled a bit with Sous Vide, but I still thinking it's better on fresh veggies than meat. However, Iowa winters can be long, so sometimes a less flavorful but tender Sous Vide and skillet seared steak has to do.

    Current Aresenal (always subject to change, lol):
    Memphis Pro
    Weber Spirit E-330 (3 burner plus sear and side burners)
    Weber Performer - with Pit Viper, Slow 'n Sear and freshly arrived rotisserie
    Fireboard
    ThermoPop x 2
    Maverick wireless probes
    Anova Sous Vide x 2 (one for meat and other for veggies simultaneously)

    I just got back from vacation and haven't grilled for a while, so tomorrow, I'm hoping to try my first whirly bird ever for lunch and throw a couple chuck roasts on the Memphis for dinner and lunches next week.



  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1872
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    #2
    Greetings from South Africa

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    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 1478
      • Brentwood CA
      • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
        Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
        LSG Insulated Cabinet
        Jumbo Joe
        VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
        FireBoard and Fan
        Thermoworks Signal
        Thermoworks Dot
        Thermopen Mk4

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit from the California Delta.

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      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2558

        #4
        Welcome from Maryland

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        • Texas Larry
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 1068
          • Wilson County, TX
          • PrimoXL
            Maverick 732
            Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
            Thermapen
            Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
            Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
            Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

          #5
          Glad you’re here. Welcome from south Texas!

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 11804
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #6
            Welcome to The Pit Shane. I hope you give that Performer a good workout.

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            • AverageJoe
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 388
              • Fruita Colorado
              • Current Grills/Smoker (MCS is hitting)
                Brinkman Trailmaster Ceramic Egg
                Classic Pit Barrel Cooker with
                US ARMY logo plate
                Nexgrill Deluxe 6 burner gas grill

                Accessories
                CGS special order WOO Ring
                CGS 13" round ceramic stone
                Thermoworks Black Thermapen MK4
                Thermoworks BlueDot
                Thermoworks Smoke

                Cutlery/Prep Stuff
                Dalstrong 12" Granton Edge Slicer
                OXO Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer
                Random other knives and shears

              #7
              Welcome to the pit from Colorado. Looking forward to more of your contributions.

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              • ComfortablyNumb
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 3036
                • Northeast Washington
                • KBQ C-60
                  PK360
                  Thermoworks Smoke
                  Thermoworks Thermopop
                  Thermoworks Dot

                #8
                Welcome to the Pit from the Okanogan Valley of Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun.

                If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like.

                For jokes, go to this thread.

                Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here.

                We are happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

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                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 2754
                  • Tennessee

                  #9
                  Welcome from TN. Sounds like you have a pretty good bit of experience to share with us.

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                  • glitchy
                    glitchy commented
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                    I hope to keep learning, but will share what I can. I would say I probably have more experience with cookers than food. I've had a lot of different grills, but don't get to use them as much as I'd like. Probably only a couple times a month on average...hoping that changes.

                  • klflowers
                    klflowers commented
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                    Same here, glitchy, not enough time to cook as much as I want. Plus it is just my wife and I (but I have kids and grandkids that scarf up leftovers). This place will make you want to cook even more!
                • SmokingSteve
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2018
                  • 279
                  • Mesa Arizona
                  • SmokingSteve

                  #10
                  Welcome to the Pit from Arizona!

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                  • fttank
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2016
                    • 227
                    • Huntington Beach, CA

                    #11
                    Greetings from Huntington Beach, CA.

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                    • MBMorgan
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2015
                      • 5925
                      • Colorado
                      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                        > Thermoworks Smoke
                        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                        > Thermoworks Thermapen
                        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                        > Anova sous vide circulator
                        > Searzall torch
                        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                        > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                        > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                        > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                      #12
                      Welcome from Colorado ...

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                      • RustyHaines
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2017
                        • 651
                        • Madison, WI

                        #13
                        Welcome to The Pit from Madison, WI

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                        • MattTheGR8
                          Charter Member
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 188
                          • Backwoods Party
                            22" WSM
                            Napoleon Apollo
                            Weber Performer
                            Weber Kettle
                            Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal grill (the rectangular one)

                            Rock's Stoker
                            BBQ Guru DigiQ II

                            Thermoworks TW8060 plus a variety of probes
                            Thermoworks Combo Thermapen

                            Weber rotisserie
                            Smokenator
                            Pizza Grill Stone

                          #14
                          Greetings from Ankeny, Shane!

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                          • HouseHomey
                            Club Member
                            • May 2016
                            • 4773
                            • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
                            • Equipment
                              Primo Oval xl

                              Slow n Sear (two)
                              Drip n Griddle
                              22" Weber Kettle
                              26" Weber Kettle one touch
                              Blackstone 36” Pro Series
                              Sous vide machine
                              Kitchen Aid
                              Meat grinder
                              sausage stuffer
                              5 Crock Pots
                              Akootrimonts
                              Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                              Too cast iron pans,
                              Dutch ovens
                              Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732 and various pocket instareads.
                              The help and preferences
                              1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                              KBB
                              FOGO
                              A 7 year old princess foster child
                              Patience and old patio furniture
                              "Baby Girl" The cat

                              Erik S.

                            #15
                            Seriously balling man. Uses a Weber Performer as “Back Up.” Dang!

                            Huntington Beach welcomes you sir. All of those gadgets too.

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                            • glitchy
                              glitchy commented
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                              LOL, now I feel self conscious. I will use the Performer as a backup smoker, but it's been my featured steak cooker for a couple years. My buddies have been buying a Harley or a boat or golf clubs and I saved up for a while and bought a couple grills instead. Haven't had much time for those other types of hobbies this past decade so it was easier to funnel a little extra cash towards BBQ.

                            • HouseHomey
                              HouseHomey commented
                              Editing a comment
                              glitchy do you have a Slow n Sear? They are life changing for the kettle. A must for me. I have one for the 22 and one for the 26. I think the performer is a low profile right? They have that too. Adrenaline bbq products are first rate in my book.

                            • glitchy
                              glitchy commented
                              Editing a comment
                              I do have the Slow N Sear and Drip N Griddle. It’s definitely a great product. Going to use it tomorrow for my first whirly bird.

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                          Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                          maverick PT55 thermometer

                          A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                          If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                          slow n sear

                          The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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                          Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                          the good one grill

                          The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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                          The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                          the good one grill

                          The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                          The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                          The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                          The Undisputed Champion!

                          thermapen

                          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                          NK-22-Ck Grill

                          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                          grill grates

                          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                          PK 360 grill

                          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                          kareubequ bbq smoker

                          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                          fireboard bbq thermometer

                          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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